Brian Peck, Deputy Director of International Affairs and Business Development at California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), spoke to a full house today at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Global Initiatives Council meeting.
Peck, who was appointed by the governor in August this year, outlined several areas he and his team are focusing on to improve trade and investment for the state with the overall goal to create more jobs. Of those, training programs for advanced manufacturing and greater outreach to foreign partners for foreign direct investment would be top priorities. Specific details would be shared publicly in a report to the state legislature on February 1, 2014.
Peck also spoke of the Governor’s success in creating a public-private partnership to re-establish an overseas trade office for the state since the last ones were closed in 2003. He said the Shanghai office, opened in April this year, would serve as a test run to see if the PPP model was feasible and could enable the opening of other offices in different regions of the world.
Although the talk today was lacking in detail and specifics, Peck certainly brings a strong pedigree to the office that California needs to bring in support and resources to assist small and medium businesses succeed in today’s hyper-competitive global export marketplace. Stay tuned for the details to be released on February 1.